Public Domain Day 2022

Public Domain Day 2022On January 1, 2022, sound recordings published prior to Jan 1, 1923 will enter the public domain in the United States. This is the first time U.S. recordings will enter the public domain, thanks to a 2018 change to the copyright law.

In celebration of this historic change, and in keeping with the intent of the copyright law, all pre-1923 recordings digitized by UCSB will be freely downloadable by anybody, for any reason.

For further information see the Library's accouncement.